Is Tackle Football Dangerous for Kids?
Parents looking to put their kids into tackle football often question the dangerous nature of the sport. While any collision/contact sport will have some unavoidable element of risk by its very nature, is it fair that tackle football has been pushed into a position where tackle football coaches constantly have to defend the safety of […]
Is My Child Ready for Tackle Football?
Knowing when your child is ready to play tackle football can be difficult. Many studies and ideas suggest that tackle football should start at a certain age, but if that doesn’t sound realistic to you, then you are certainly not alone. No parent wants to throw their child into tackle football too early without the […]
Off-season Workouts For Football Players
The football off-season isn’t a time for players to rest on their laurels. Sure, taking some time off at the end of the season is important for recovery and to reduce the risk of burnout, but developing (and sticking to) an off-season workout program will help your child progress to the next level of their […]
What Age Should My Child Start Tackle Football
The most significant debate surrounding tackle football in America rages around the age at which kids should be allowed to strap on the pads and play. It is a very understandable topic of discussion, given the popularity of football and the risks involved in playing the game. Those risks are factors at any age, but […]
Your Football Equipment Checklist: The Essentials
When starting off on a football journey for you or your child it is very important to know what equipment you need. Football equipment such as pads, cleats, and a helmet are there for safety and protection in what is a very physical game. This – plus using the correct tackle technique as we have […]
Should I be Worried about Concussions in Football?
The hottest topic of debate around tackle football is head injuries and – specifically – concussions in football. It has reached the point where even the word concussion is enough to scare a parent towards flag football and away from tackle football. Football coaching has significantly changed to prevent head contact in practices, with physical […]
How to Decide on the Right Football League for my Child?
Football continues to surge in popularity at the professional and college level. At the youth level, however, tackle football has seen a decrease in popularity as parents have become more and more worried about injuries to their children, especially concussion due to them not getting the right football coaching on their tackle technique. According to […]
At what age should my child start Tackle Football?
Football is America’s game and has been the sport of choice for so many youths, middle school and high school players for generations. There are tackle leagues around the country for kids as young as 5. As indicated by a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are around 250,000 youth football players from […]
Athleticism vs Skill
In my professional rugby career, there were almost always two schools of thought related to players. Those who believed that natural athleticism honed and channelled in the right way in training could be superseded by individual skills development in terms of time, effort and energy. Then there is the second, where athleticism and physical dominance […]
How Seriously Do You Take Tackling? – 5 Reasons Why We Should Practice Tackling More.
I ask coaches all the time, “How serious are you taking tackling?” A lot of the responses I get are not great… It’s vital that we practice tackling for several reasons, that we are going to get into in the post. A few of the big reasons though are so that we can be better […]